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NIAF leadership, youth gather in New York to network, celebrate Sicily

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Author Robert V. Camuto and NIAF Executive Vice President Salvatore M. Salibello pose with a copy of Camuto's book, "Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey."


Last week, Robert V. Camuto, an award-winning journalist and travel writer, shared his latest book with NIAF board members, Foundation council members, media professionals and recent college graduates during a private reception at the University Club in Manhattan.


“PALMENTO: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey” recounts a year of travels in Sicily, sharing Camuto’s personal discoveries about the island and its people. He relates magical stories, but also observes that Sicily is changing for the good – more young people want to remain and cultivate the island. He particularly focuses on a new generation of Sicilian winemakers, noting that Sicily has grown to produce the greatest quantity of wines in all of Italy.


View the book trailer below:



NIAF’s leadership including Linda R. Carlozzi, Esq., Robert E. Carlucci, Hon. Frank J. Guarini, Salvatore Salibello and Michael A. Zampardi joined area coordinators Susan Paolercio and Vincent Zuccarelli in addition to Italy’s Consul General in New York Francesco M. Talo’ as they sampled wines from Mount Etna, including Biondi 2008 Etna Bianco and Graci 2008 Etna Rosso.

The private event was held in conjunction with the Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forum. Media professionals from New York’s print and broadcast outlets met to learn more about NIAF and enjoy the camaraderie of the evening.


Earlier in the day, NIAF hosted its Graduates to Leaders (G2L) Mentoring Workshop for young Italian American professionals and recent college graduates. The seminars focused on networking and entrepreneurship skills. Speakers including Mario Casella, president of AmCast Inc., Tomaso Veneroso, founder & CEO of GCG Group Capital and NIAF regional vice president Michael A. Zampardi, managing director of Vitru Management LLC, discussed how network and social media can help entrepreneurship. Another seminar showcased success stories of Italian Americans throughout the centuries. Speaking on the topic were Edwin Garrubbo, founder of Creative Commerce, Robyn Imbimbo, founder of Noline NYC, and Anthony Tamburri, Ph.D., dean of The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.


After the workshop, the group joined other guests at the private reception.